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The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

[ID:2334] From: Alexander Brodie (of London) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs Duff (Patient) / 10 October 1783 / (Incoming)

Letter from Alexander Brodie, concerning the case of the wife of Major Duff. He mentions that Dr Dougal of Forres has also written to Cullen about the case.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 2334
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1391
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date10 October 1783
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Alexander Brodie, concerning the case of the wife of Major Duff. He mentions that Dr Dougal of Forres has also written to Cullen about the case.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1601]
Case of Mrs Duff who has a feverish condition with shooting pains which Cullen thinks may stem from a kidney disorder.
3


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:4186]Author Alexander Brodie (of London)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:4182]PatientMrs Duff
[PERS ID:4186]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / Apothecary Alexander Brodie (of London)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2493]Other Physician / SurgeonDr Hugh Dougall (Dougal)
[PERS ID:4185]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend
[PERS ID:4181]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMajor Duff
[PERS ID:4184]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Blervie House Rafford East Highlands Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Forres East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Blervie House Rafford East Highlands Scotland Europe certain

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Dr Cullen
Dear Sir


By this day's Post, You will
receive from your Quondam Pupil
Dr Dougal of Forress, a (↑A↑) state of
the Case of my Friend Major Duff's
Lady, which I imagine You will
find pretty accurate, and as far as
I am capable of judging, He has
treated it with much circumspec¬
tion, and good sense ---- The
Case appears to me complicated,
and requires great attention, and
judgement to investigate, having
put on such different appearances
at different periods of the disorder.
Independent of every other conside¬
ration, I apprehended it will be ne¬
cessary to palliate Symptoms as they
occur, & with a view to carry off the



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threatning Deharrhea, Tenesmus &
Gripes, it may perhaps be necessa¬
ry to cleanse the Stomach with a
gentle Puke, and on account of the
nausea & delicate state of the Stomach
to throw in Anodynes by the anus,
and as soon as the Stomach is in
condition to receive the Bark in
some shape or another to begin
it's use. -----
I have talked over the Case with
Dr Dougal, and have mentioned the
different resources, that We may
have occasion to fly to in case of
necessity, before Your opinion
can arrive ----- In similar Cases
I have sometimes found Blisters ap¬
plied to the Abdomen afford consi¬


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derable reliefe----
It may be proper to mention that
Mrs Duff never had any Children
nor any Abortions as far as I can
learn, and has been always regu¬
lar in the menses, & it was about
8 days after her Period, that She
was seized with her present illness,
which has continued now for up¬
wards of three Weeks, without
any appearance of the Menses---
Perhaps the violence of her present
pains in Stomach & Bowels, may
arise, from the approach of the
Menses which is not unusual in
particular Constitutions, especially
when influenced by other concurring
causes, as in the present Case.
It may not be amiss to remark that
The Lady's Father was much
afflicted with Gout, & Her Brother


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one of the Genteelest Young men
in England, dyed of a lingering
disorder, which chiefly fell up¬
on his Bowels which were often
much excruciated with pain.
Mrs Duff tells me that the Gripes
& pains She now complains of
have for these three or four days
past attacked Her nearly about
the same time of day.
I must heartily wish You may be able
to suggest some remedy, that may
be more effectual for her reliefe
than any hitherto employed


I am with great esteem
Dear Sir
Your Most Obedient &
Very Humble Servant
Alexr Brodie

Blervie 10th
October 1783


Please address To
Dr Dougal of Forress

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Dr Cullen
Dear Sir


By this day's Post, You will
receive from your Quondam Pupil
Dr Dougal of Forress, a (↑A↑) state of
the Case of my Friend Major Duff's
Lady, which I imagine You will
find pretty accurate, and as far as
I am capable of judging, He has
treated it with much circumspec¬
tion, and good sense ---- The
Case appears to me complicated,
and requires great attention, and
judgement to investigate, having
put on such different appearances
at different periods of the disorder.
Independent of every other conside¬
ration, I apprehended it will be ne¬
cessary to palliate Symptoms as they
occur, & with a view to carry off the



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threatning Deharrhea, Tenesmus &
Gripes, it may perhaps be necessa¬
ry to cleanse the Stomach with a
gentle Puke, and on account of the
nausea & delicate state of the Stomach
to throw in Anodynes by the anus,
and as soon as the Stomach is in
condition to receive the Bark in
some shape or another to begin
it's use. -----
I have talked over the Case with
Dr Dougal, and have mentioned the
different resources, that We may
have occasion to fly to in case of
necessity, before Your opinion
can arrive ----- In similar Cases
I have sometimes found Blisters ap¬
plied to the Abdomen afford consi¬


[Page 3]

derable reliefe----
It may be proper to mention that
Mrs Duff never had any Children
nor any Abortions as far as I can
learn, and has been always regu¬
lar in the menses, & it was about
8 days after her Period, that She
was seized with her present illness,
which has continued now for up¬
wards of three Weeks, without
any appearance of the Menses---
Perhaps the violence of her present
pains in Stomach & Bowels, may
arise, from the approach of the
Menses which is not unusual in
particular Constitutions, especially
when influenced by other concurring
causes, as in the present Case.
It may not be amiss to remark that
The Lady's Father was much
afflicted with Gout, & Her Brother


[Page 4]

one of the Genteelest Young men
in England, dyed of a lingering
disorder, which chiefly fell up¬
on his Bowels which were often
much excruciated with pain.
Mrs Duff tells me that the Gripes
& pains She now complains of
have for these three or four days
past attacked Her nearly about
the same time of day.
I must heartily wish You may be able
to suggest some remedy, that may
be more effectual for her reliefe
than any hitherto employed


I am with great esteem
Dear Sir
Your Most Obedient &
Very Humble Servant
Alexr Brodie

Blervie 10th
Octr 1783


Please address To
Dr Dougal of Forress

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